The cover and some pages from our printed
Coastal Access in Kent
Since the Marine and Coastal Access Act of 2009 came into force work
has been under way to create a continuous path around the coastline of
England. While primary responsibility for the project lies with
Natural England, many others are involved too. In particular,
volunteers from the Ramblers survey each section and advise Natural
England on the optimum route from a walker's point of view. Local
authorities are responsible for the work on the ground, especially new
signage and furniture such as stiles and gates.
Perhaps most importantly, when the project seemed to be faltering
around 2013 because of lack of Government will, the Ramblers launched a
national campaign which not only saved the project but saw the planned
completion date being brought forward to 2020.
In Kent we have a dedicated Coastal Access Officer, Ian Wild, who has
worked closely with Natural England and Kent County Council to ensure
the best feasible route for walkers.
The first section of the England Coast Path in Kent, running 66 miles
from just across the Sussex border in Camber through Dungeness,
Folkestone, Dover, Deal and Sandwich to Ramsgate was opened on 19 July
2016. Work is now in hand to continue the route through Margate,
Faversham and Rochester to Gravesend and perhaps even a little further
up the Thames.
We in Kent Ramblers have used our intimate knowledge of the area and
the path to produce a printed guide to the open part of the route (shown
red on the above map) with great maps and a
wealth of background information in its lavishly illustrated 80
pages. Details of how to obtain the book are on our publications
page. All profits from this book support the work of the
Ramblers, without which there would probably never have been an England
Seafront at Dover